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July 03, 2007

Happy Fourth of July!

If you're drinking beer, add salt to the ice water bath. From Mythbusters, or rather an bloggish sort of fan site about the show:

Experiment 1: Ice vs. Ice + water vs. Ice + water + salt vs. fridge vs. freezer

Initial measurements:

* Ice
* Ice + water: 33 degrees
* Ice + water + salt (salt melts ice and lowers the freezing point): 24 degrees

Results (after 5 minutes):

* ice: 57 degrees
* ice water: 44 degrees
* salt water: 35.9 degrees
* freezer: 55 degrees
* fridge: 60 degrees

Final results [time needed to cool to an unspecified cold temperature]:

* Ice + water + salt: 5 minutes
* Ice + water: 15 minutes
* Freezer: 25 minutes
* Ice: 30 minutes
* Fridge: 40+ minutes

Incidentally, a fire extinguisher will also cool beer down to a frosty 37 degrees in three minutes flat.


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